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 Post subject: Benelli M4??
PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:51 pm 
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Thinking about getting the Benelli M4................how reliable is the semi-auto? Will it cycle
"low recoil" buckshot and slugs?



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 Post subject: Re: Benelli M4??
PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:00 pm 
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As I understand it, the M4 was designed to meet the demand of the military for a gas powered semi-auto. The reason that the military insisted on gas operation is because Benelli's normally reliable inertia system will malfunction when weight is added to the gun. The military is prone to add all sorts of lights, bayonets, night vision devices and possibly things that have not even been invented yet that greatly increase the weight of the gun.

In the civilian world, some 3 gun competitors have switched to the M4 because they add side saddles and butt cuffs to carry as many spare rounds on the gun as they can as well as magazine tubes that extend way out past the end of the barrel. Again, this greatly increased weight will induce malfunctions in inertia operated system of the M2.

So, do you plan on adding a lot of heavy accessories to your gun? If so buy an M4. If not you probably don't need it. My inertia operated Benellies run just fine with a light on the front but I have never had the need to put anything else on them. If I decide some day that I need to install a grenade launcher then I might have to opt for the M4.

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My M4 will run trap loads

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Banshee wrote:
My M4 will run trap loads

Nice to know. I just got my M4. I will have to try some of the lighter loads to see but I have plenty of buckshot and slugs.

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My M4 will run trap loads

Nice to know. I just got my M4. I will have to try some of the lighter loads to see but I have plenty of buckshot and slugs.


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Mine will run 7/8 ounce loads at 1250fps perfectly.

Knocked a couple inches off the stock yesterday, much better.


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 Post subject: Re: Benelli M4??
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I am thinking of getting a M4 for home protection and would like opinions on which one to get and where to find it? Thanks in advance.

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I am thinking of getting a M4 for home protection and would like opinions on which one to get and where to find it? Thanks in advance.


Again, unless you plan on hanging a bunch of heavy accessories on it, the M4 offers absolutely no reliability advantage over the M2, or even an older M1 Super 90 (if you can find one.) I own two Super 90's that were made in the late 1980's and one has NEVER malfunctioned while the other has malfunctioned exactly ONE TIME during a match when I leaned out from behind a barricade and fired a shot of light bird shot while losing my balance. According to the range safety officer there was a couple of inches of daylight between the stock and my shoulder when that happened. Except for that one incident which happened about fifteen years ago both of my M1 Super 90's have been totally reliable.

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 Post subject: Re: Benelli M4??
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The M4 is a gas assisted inertial gun, it is soft shooting, a bit heavy and mine has been 100% with everything from low brass target loads to 3” slugs.

It’s too heavy for me to use as a game gun, but is a serious step above the M2 in terms of reliability and durability.


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 Post subject: Re: Benelli M4??
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The M4 is a gas assisted inertial gun
No inertia spring in the M4, it is all gas.

Mine will shoot target loads down to about 7/8 ounce at 1350.

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The word from the operators is that the M4 is best used like the Browning .50, vehicle mounted. Some say a large vehicle, not a jeep but more like a super duty.

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 Post subject: Re: Benelli M4??
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The M-4 is a good shotgun. But it's not worth anywhere near the $1,800.00+ that they're charging for it. For around the same price, or just slightly more, you can buy a Browning Citori. The M-4 is a parts bin assembled gun, that requires zero hand fitting.

The Citori requires very intricate machining and fitting. Not to mention it comes with a beautifully finished, high grade Walnut stock in many various types of finishes. And it has a beautiful gloss blued finish on it's ALL STEEL parts. The M-4 is matte finished, contains a lot of Aluminum, and comes with a cheap molded plastic stock.

Yes, I understand I'm comparing an O/U to a semi auto. But I'm trying to show that for roughly the same money, you are getting a lot more for it with an all steel, finely fit and finished Browning, That you're not with a parts bin assembled semi auto, that contains a LOT of Aluminum. Which is far cheaper and faster to both manufacture, as well as produce.

I would describe the Benelli M-4 as the finest $650.00 shotgun money can buy...... For $1,800.00 dollars.


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The M-4 is a good shotgun. But it's not worth anywhere near the $1,800.00+ that they're charging for it. For around the same price, or just slightly more, you can buy a Browning Citori. The M-4 is a parts bin assembled gun, that requires zero hand fitting.

The Citori requires very intricate machining and fitting. Not to mention it comes with a beautifully finished, high grade Walnut stock in many various types of finishes. And it has a beautiful gloss blued finish on it's ALL STEEL parts. The M-4 is matte finished, contains a lot of Aluminum, and comes with a cheap molded plastic stock.

Yes, I understand I'm comparing an O/U to a semi auto. But I'm trying to show that for roughly the same money, you are getting a lot more for it with an all steel, finely fit and finished Browning, That you're not with a parts bin assembled semi auto, that contains a LOT of Aluminum. Which is far cheaper and faster to both manufacture, as well as produce.

I would describe the Benelli M-4 as the finest $650.00 shotgun money can buy...... For
$1,800.00 dollars.


Well, we are all entitled to our opinions. I have no regrets with my M4

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Worth every penny for what it's capable of.

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I wounder if they could make a commoner legal semi-auto version of the Shockwave.

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I wounder if they could make a commoner legal semi-auto version of the Shockwave.


No, not using the current M4 design. The action spring is in a tube that extends several inches behind the receiver. (just like the 1100, A5, M2, etc)

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 Post subject: Re: Benelli M4??
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Get the Beretta 1301 Tactical...better and faster for less money

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The 1301 Comp is also quite satisfactory.

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